Should we still believe the IMF?
Since the end of the 1970s, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have advised developing countries to adopt pro-growth policies, supposed to be a vector for jobs and well-being. But in many cases, these reforms have led to growth without jobs. The English economist John Williamson named […]
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Chile, the Copper Grail of the World
Can an economic model to support future generations of Chileans be based on a nonrenewable natural resource? Or will it become yet another example of the resource curse? For the last 150 years copper has been the backbone of the Chilean economy. Chile has been able to defeat underdevelopment and […]
The Rise of Civil Society in Chile or a Puppet on a String
When it comes to social conflict, Chile has always stood apart from the rest of Latin American countries , given its liberal society and vigorous economy. However, 2011 brought widespread social discontent in Chilean society to the forefront. First and foremost, the government of the first rightist President in office […]
Misuse of 9/11 in Colombia: A Convenient Political Stick
One year after the events of September 11 in New York City, peculiar rumours spread in Colombia that the FARC was preparing a suicide attack with a plane on the presidential palace or the Congress building (CNN July, 25 2002). This disturbing news had an immediate impact on public opinion. Were we close to reproducing the events of September 11? Were […]
Revolution On An Empty Stomach
From the Middle East to South America, rising food prices fuel social and political unrest. A look at Egypt and Bolivia.